Марго исполнилось 7 месяцев!
Marge turned 7 months old last week. Just some quick facts about her.
We call her a bun at home.
Marge turned 7 months old last week. Just some quick facts about her.
We call her a bun at home.
Guess who’s here six-months old? Hooray for our little baby-girl Marge!
I am a mother of a first-grader today. The oldest of my daughters stepped into a new stage of her (and also mine) life. Frankly speaking, the day of the school graduating was one of the happiest days of my life. I liked studying, though it was a bit boring sometimes and homework always had been an unwanted chore for me. But when I started to feel some unbelievable difficulties in contacting with my peers in my teens, which was from the 6th grade till the end (imagine extra shy introvert). So, by the 12th grade I knew that the only way for me is to make a fresh start in the college.
Time flies by, our littlest girl is five months old. As I did it before, I’ m going to share development milestones reached by Marge this month.
In the blink of an eye Marge got four months old.
The nicest of her new skills she mastered this month is giggling. She giggles when somebody tries to kiss her neck, giggles while listening to me singing for her the song about grasshopper (obviously, she finds some of it’s sounds funny). She giggled once during our peek-a-boo play (I was holding Marge in front of a mirror and made her see me and then stepped away from the mirror). She likes that girl in the mirror a lot, that’s for sure!
It’s unbelievable, but Marge is already three month old!
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Marge is sleeping well at nights most of the times. The house is, by and large, clean, clothes are washed. Kids are fed, combed and dressed. In other words, life here has totally returned to normal by now.
Marge has mastered how to touch things with her hands. She doesn’t hold her head steady enough by herself yet, but she started raising it and curiously looking around when laying on her tummy during past two weeks.
Marge doesn’t like sleeping for a long time during the day. It seems, there are too much interesting things for her that are happening around. And she is just afraid of missing something. But it’s not a big problem for me, because my older daughters entertain her a lot with pleasure (really, I don’t have to ask at all!). Besides, she doesn’t mind (I would even say “enjoys”) laying on the floor and watching us moving around the house.
Marge doesn’t roll over yet. She lays on her back and is fully content of everything.
Weather forecasters have promised unusually warm summer for Latvia, but it seems, they’ve mistaken again. After two weeks of a very strong wind outside it started to pour every day and temperature lowered to the point when it is appropriate to wear coats and hats. Frankly speaking, I prefer a bit chillier weather now, because it’s very hard to stand muggy air and sweaty body when you need to be skin to skin with a baby. However, wind and rain, of course, are superfluous.
Though, I’m delighted by the glory of those fabulous clouds we see every evening!
Quick overview of the things we were doing last week.
We went downtown and enjoyed fancy summery look of beautiful Riga’s squares.
Did some eating in a cafe…
We were on a picnic at the nearest meadow (this photo was taken by Veronika).
Days were warm and sunny…
but also windy as we used to in Latvia.
So we took with us our favorite summer amusement: soap bubbles.
Veronika was eager to make a flower band.
I had fun with blowing some bubbles too (this really cool photos were taken by Veronika too).
Marge was just continuing her everyday growing (while I went on loosing my weight).
She was hiding from the persistent sun in her new panama.
Then we were painting outdoors another day.
It was awesome and could be even better, if there would be less wind (do you see, how Anastasia’s shoe is holding her sheet of paper?).
Otherwise, it was great and fun idea! (And again, thank you, Veronika, for this nice picture of us!)
We were walking around and watched a lot of glorious clouds floating in the skies.
And more, and more…
We were buying sweets in the little local store. Kids had their own coins and were paying by themselves. Although my oldest one can do math, I was surprised that she had some troubles with understanding meaning of a change. It was a signal for me that we should practise buying things more, so that Anastasia would be prepared to school in this matter too.
We were visiting library again and read some interesting books with inspiring illustrations inside. I am very fond of children books and can’t get enough of them! This picture was taken on our way to library. Skies were as always so beautiful and threateningly dramatic!
My kids just love watching their photo albums and wondering, who is so small and so cute on those photos and trying to remember things that were pictured.
That is why one of our activities was taking pictures and making collages using an iPad app. We already have printed a few so that girls could put them in their Summer Books.
Another summer week is gone and it left with us rather nice memories.
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So, the first week of our summer vacation is almost over. And I must say, we are doing great! I must admit, it was a bit tough when my interests didn’t cross with a five year old Veronica’s and she started to neglect every word she heard. But we were learning to express these feelings in a more proper way (explaining me the problem for a start and providing me some other ways of it’s solving). And since I have a strategy, I’ve already trained myself to stay perfectly calm when this happens (but, to tell the truth, it took me some days to achieve this). After all, a calm and confident parent is what a child needs to pass over crisises quicker and successfully.
My big girl Anastasia is spending whole days at home with me and Marge now. The middle sister still goes to a kindergarten and stays there for a half of a day. As a result our mornings are very quiet. Anastasia gets almost whole my attention and loves it so much. She responds to it with a lot of help for me during our morning routines, such as cleaning, cooking and shopping.
I’m planning to keep following this schedule one more week and then turn into “advanced level” and start Veronica’s kindergarten holidays as well.
We were busy with some fun stuff and some serious stuff, like:
– visiting kids playgrounds and other activities zones;
– eating a lot off ice cream;
– buying strawberries in a local row market;
– washing hands in rain puddles;
– making yoghurt-kiwi-banana smoothies and ice-cream-milk shakes with strawberries;
– gathering flower bouquets;
– perform different activities aimed to learn the alphabet.
– helping me to broom and wash the floor at home;
– washing dishes by themselves after every meal;
– cutting ingredients for salads and cocktails by themselves;
– writing their own “summer book”;
– learning how to use a computer: some basics about files, applications and the Internet. Learning to complete some simple tasks such as searching for an image in the Internet via Google, comparing application interfaces;
– making photo collages in iPad in order to print its later and stick into “summer book”.
– sleeping just a little bit;
– watching, what big sisters were doing while laying on the kitchen floor, on the Veronica’s bed, on the couch in our living room, on a big bed where all kids gather every evening to listen to the night stories;
– eating a lot off mum’s;
– playing with here own hands by gripping one hand’s fist with another one;
– smiling a lot to all of the family members;
– taking selfies with a cat.
As you see, we truly had a great time!
Woods turned completely green by now, but our Latvian weather still makes us wear coats.
Summer starts today. It will be one special summer amongst all of the last 7 summers. It’s hard to believe, that these 7 years had passed so fast! My big girl has graduated from her kindergarten and this summer will be the last one before she starts her school days.
This is our Anastasia with a hairstyle that was made specially for her graduation party!
Moreover, it will be the first summer with me having three kids. My arms will be tight by little Marge most of the time. Honestly, I think of it as of a big challenge. My goal is to spend this summer keeping a friendly and peaceful atmosphere at home, though it could be really hard or even unreachable sometimes, because I have one stubborn five year old, one I-can’t-do-this-you-haven’t-tought-me seven years old and one two and a half month old one, who just doesn’t seem to like sharing my attention with others. Of course, I’m not hoping there will be much chances of traveling adventures around our city and country or making big projects with kids at home that involve much of my attention, but I think we could manage some smaller educational activities and a lot of playing outside. All I have to do is to be well organized and think of the daily activities the evening before. Being prepared for the next day concerns meal question too. I guess, this will be the hardest part for me, as for the one who actually doesn’t like to cook (and cooking for children, who doesn’t like to eat, doesn’t make it easier).
(It’s not a post apocalyptic scene behind me, it’s just a bit scruffy porch of our house.)
Of course, I’m counting on my husband’s help too. A mother, who doesn’t have a time for herself, will become exhausted pretty soon. One hour per day, when my dear husband will be looking after Marge by himself, should do the trick.
I already have one activity for the kids in my mind now. I think, it will be exiting for them to make a journal about their summer. We will start tomorrow. First of all, they will fill in a quiz about what they like that I’ve prepared for them. I’ll give them the same quiz when the summer ends. It will be very interesting to compare if something had changed in their minds by that time. I’m planning to share our progress in my blog, though I’m not sure I’ll have enough time even for a small records here starting from tomorrow and till september. But I’m feeling ready to dive in this adventure!
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Being a mom means killing a child inside your head for it’s resurrection in your eternal memory later to give you an ability of making decisions not only in order to please yourself or meet your own wishes.
Being a mom is love.
Being a mom means giving your baby a chance to correct his mistake instead of blaming for his failure.
It means giving a hug, instead of a preach.
Being a mom takes a lot of patience to listen even when you think there’s nothing worthy to be said and be quite even when you are overflowing with words.
Also it is understanding, there is no doubt that what’s need to be done has to be done, but the most important need is trying to reach peace without war and do it without yelling.
And it is understanding, that your negative evaluation of a deed or event your kid is excited about won’t make him feel the same way as you do about it, but he will definitely feel a rejection from you. So save your esteems for someone you don’t like.
Being a mom means trying not to fall into habit of controlling every step of your precious child while taking care of his safety. It also means keeping noticing even the smallest initiative of your little one and treat it with care, trying not to suppress it.
Be still and stable as a rock, when your child is all like the ocean in a stormy day, to be able to help this ocean to calm down only by means of your tender and secure voice and look.
Letting him grow, watching aside and wondering, how your kid’s personality develops, but not trying to change it your way. Once given a life your child will live it by himself.
Yes, being a mom is a huge work. So I thank my mom she did it for me once.
I love You, mom!
And, mom, thanks for that delicious pie You made us on a Mother day.